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Batik kain panjang tulis, Java

Item: Batik kain panjang tulis

Size: 41 x 92 in (104 x 234 cm), 280 g

Provenance: likely Gresik, Java, Indonesia; mid 20th Century.

Method: tulis batik on very fine cotton


This batik cloth is an old cloth, with a very slick feel like silk. Its provenance can't be completely certain because a number of Javanese batik producing areas produce designs particularly popular elsewhere. The design here is clearly aimed at Sumatran tastes. The liris motif suggests Indramaya; the triangular designs, tumpal, at the end is Lasem style. This is most likely Gresik batik, very popular in West Sumatra, South Sumatra and Jambi. This batik also may use the unusual technique of applying the dye with a brush, a process known locally as dulitan.

This cloth employs hand-drawn batik, also known as batik tulis. Tulis means to write or draw. The pattern is first drawn by wax, with an implement called a canting. It is a small copper vessel attached to a pen-shaped bamboo stick. The melted wax empties out into its bent nozzle. When the vessel is empty, the line is broken, and the vessel has to be refilled. It is a highly skilled job, traditionally carried out by women. Canting work is tedious and considered the most desirable and most expensive. (Murni, 2006). The finest batik cloth is patterned on both sides and can take up to 12 months to make.


A kain is considered more formal than a sarong and is worn by a woman wrapped left over right, sometimes with a pleat in the front. In the past the ritual, occasion or social status determined the type of batik that was worn.


Very good except for some edge damage. See picture.

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